vRAN: Driving Cloud RAN Evolution through Interactive Collaboration | Executive Fireside

Release Date:
Wednesday, 10th November, 2021
Eric Parsons, Head of Cloud RAN R&D, Ericsson
Cristina Rodriguez, VP, Intel Wireless Access Network Division, Intel Corporation
Guy Daniels, Director of Content, TelecomTV

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As traditional and next-generation networks are poised to co-exist for many years to come, RAN cloudification presents new opportunities for the entire market. This session highlights Ericsson’s Cloud RAN innovations and the importance of ecosystem collaborations toward realizing Cloud RAN’s full commercial benefits.


Eric Parsons

Head of PDU Cloud RAN, Ericsson

During his career, Eric has held various leadership positions in research and design, standardization and product management. At Ericsson, Parsons held the position of Head of Product Line 4G and RAN Mobile Broadband, having led the launch of VoLTE, LAA, and LTE-M/NB-IOT.

During this time, Parsons also enabled the launch of a uniquely structured R&D organization within Ericsson focused on virtual/cloud RAN, which now forms the foundation for PDU Cloud RAN.

Eric has recently re-joined Ericsson from his role in the Government of Canada, where he was responsible for national wireless regulatory policy and operational functions.

Eric holds a M. Math degree in Computer Science, University of Waterloo, and Ph.D., Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada. Eric is based in Ottawa, Canada.

Cristina Rodriguez

Vice President Network & Edge Group General Manager Wireless Access Network Division, Intel Corporation

Cristina Rodriguez is vice president in the Network & Edge Group, general manager of the group's Wireless Access Network Division (WAND), and general manager of the Austin Design Center at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel’s efforts to provide innovative wireless access solutions in both traditional and cloud native networks, enabling the RAN of the future by bringing together 5G, the build out of the Edge and Artificial Intelligence. Rodriguez has full PnL ownership, responsible for strategy and business plans, technical product marketing, roadmaps, product definition, forecasting, customer relationships, investment decisions and GTM.

Rodriguez joined Intel in 2014 with the acquisition of LSI Corp.'s Axxia Networking Business from Avago Technologies Ltd., where she led and carried out software strategy. In her first Intel role as senior director of software for WAND, Rodriguez managed the division's worldwide software engineering and product development efforts. She also led the successful integration of the Axxia team into Intel and aligned the team's focus with Intel's networking business. Since joining Intel in 2014, her team has been recognized multiple times with Intel’s highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, for their contribution to the company’s 5G leadership efforts.

Before her tenure at LSI and Avago, Rodriguez spent seven years holding leadership roles in software development at Agere Systems Inc. and its parent company, Lucent Technologies Inc. Earlier in her career, she worked at Zilog Inc. and at two startup ventures.

Rodriguez earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría in Havana, Cuba; her master's degree in computer science from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Madrid, Spain; and completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University. Rodriguez is also a member of the Intel Latinx Leadership Council.


Guy Daniels

Director of Content, TelecomTV

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